The White Crested Ducks are a white, medium weight duck with a feathered crest on the top of the head. The Crested Duck first appeared for show in Great Britain, though the true origin of the duck is uncertain. A crest can occur in all domestic breeds of ducks that originated from the Wild Mallard due to a gene mutation. The APA only recognizes two crested breeds of ducks: the White Crested Duck and the Black Crested.
White Crested Ducks are bred primarily for exhibition and egg production. These White Crested Ducks are pure white, and the will closely resemble the Pekin Duck without the crest. The White Crested Ducklings resemble the Pekin Ducklings with their soft yellow fur. However, these will already have a small tuft of fuzzy hair growing on the back of their head.
Crested Ducks are difficult to breed due to genetic specifications and are not necessarily recommended for beginner breeders. Their aesthetic appeal and quick growth make this breed excellent for exhibition, meat, or egg production. White Crested Ducks make excellent pets as well because their demeanor and physical qualities are similar to the Pekin, yet they have a unique characteristic to set them apart from other domestic ducks.